Hi! LIGO just announced detecting. 1. gravitational waves 2. colliding black holes 1.3 billion years away. this is just me talking about my feelings about it. 
Published 02/11/16
Did you know that if something falls into a black hole it will "ring" like a bell, radiating gravitational waves at a very specific frequency. pretty fun! Brent Knopf and Matt Sheehy are back!  Two new physicists: Leo Stein and Chiara Mingarelli!    fun times!
Published 02/01/16
*sorry about the audio quality* *one guy was in china, and my mic broke and all sorts of bad stuff happened. :(* OH MAN!!! Erika Ensign, from all the dr. who podcasts, has come on our show so that Darren Peets and Abby Shockley and I can do our best to explain how VORTICES enable MAGNETIC PINNING in TYPE 2 SUPERCONDUCTORS.    rad.
Published 01/18/16
Radio telescopes have really crummy resolution. but if we line them up and hook them together,  using a technique called "radio interferometry"  we can see the head of a screw 300 km away.   This episode, our guest is Ben Acker, one of the authors of "the thrilling adventure hour". amazing! Our Physicists are Rupinder Brar and Sabrina Stierwalt! exciting!
Published 12/16/15
There is no force stronger. Gravity? get out.  Electrostatics? no. Love? incorrect. THE STRONG FORCE! Tia Miceli! Ken Clark! AND OUR SPECIAL GUEST RYAN NORTH!!!!   this is a really fun episode where we talk about how protons are made of quarks stuck together with gluons. so much fun. 
Published 12/01/15
The Big bang. How do we know it happened? How do we know what happened? Dr. Michael Zemcov and Dr. Katie Mack and I talk to the clever hosts of Encyclopedia Brunch. It's Tim Dobbs and Kathryn Cogert! WHAT FUN!
Published 10/25/15
BIOPHYSICS! Nicole Prent! Jacqueline Townsend!  Broadway actor Brian Cross joins us to talk about how biophysicists use frequency doubling of photons To LOOK INSIDE CELLS! well, it's really cool I can't wait for you to hear it!
Published 09/18/15
Oh boy it's been a while since we got an episode scheduled, recorded, edited and out the door. but the wait has been worth it because THIS EPISDE IS AMAZING! Dan Harmon (From Channel 101, The Sarah Silverman Show, Monster House,  COMMUNITY!, Harmontown (the podcast), Harmontown (the documentary about the podcast), and Rick and Morty) joins us! Physicist Katherine Brown RETURNS! and Ken Clark is flying shotgun! TODAYS EPISODE TOPIC: QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT. this is a lovely episode and i am...
Published 06/07/15
Ken Clark Joins me! we answer Ramiro's question, who asked "I have heard that bosons are the force carriers. So what force is the higgs boson "carrying" ?"  
Published 05/18/15
Appologies. the audio turned out way crunchier than i thought it would be while we recorded. I tried to fix it.  My "Doctor Evil" impression is way crappier than it sounded in my head. after all these years of thinking i had a good doctor evil impression.. turns out i suck. THIS EPISODE IS ABOUT LASERS! Dr. Abby Shockley and Dr. Tia Miceli join me in trying to explain lasers to a very Patient Aaron Fischer. this episode is super fun.    
Published 04/01/15
Me and Amanda Bauer Answer a question from dave! "First of all I really enjoy the podcast!  And for a while I’ve been wanting to send in this question and think it would be perfect for the new segment.  My question is:  What direction would one look to see the big bang? Now, I understand that we are in an ever expanding universe and technically the big bang is in all directions but I guess I’m having a hard time mentally grasping the concept. I’ve heard the balloon analogy but I just can’t...
Published 03/23/15
Erin McGathy (from the "This Feels Terrible" and "Harmontown" podcasts and the USB theater in LA) joins us! Dr. Rupinder Brar and  Dr. Amanda Bauer have both returned after WAY TOO LONG!   We talk about the milky way! dust and pancakes. dusty pancakes. that'd be a great name! Oh man what a great show! this episode is GREAT! Listen past the end music for some addition great conversing. wooooooooooooooooo
Published 02/12/15
Dr. Katie Mack and I talk about big bang stuff.    the question is from bob: "Hello again Ben. I've found and listened to the QB episodes. Thanks for the help with locating them. Since you seem to have ready access to a cosmologist, I'd like to offer for QB a trio of related cosmological questions that have bugged me for some time. 1. How do we know that all the matter in the universe came from the big bang? 2. How do we know that the big bang did not expand into an existing precursor...
Published 02/01/15
Vicky Scowcroft and David Tsang were talkin' to me, and i was like "Yoooo what kind of show topic should we do" and Vicky was like "Cepheid Variables" so i was like... hmm. A star who tells us about distance and travelling... Who else should I ask on the show to talk about these crazy stars, but Lucy Knisley, star of the comic book world and the travel memoir?  mmm. happy winter, everyone. 
Published 01/11/15
Geoffrey Lovelace and I talk about Interstellar.  mostly we geek out over the relativity. we ran out of time before we could make this podcast 3 hours long.  it was definitely a possibility.
Published 12/26/14
I was super excited about this Episode! Our Guest is Patrick McHale! We Talk about CPT symmetry (Charge-Parity-Time inversion symmetry), which leads to discussions about antimatter, and the nature of time. it's a SUPER EPISODE! It goes ON AND ON! CRAZY AWESOME PHYSICS!   Physicists Tia Miceli and Ryan Martin!
Published 12/20/14
email your questions to [email protected] the question today: "Howdy,  The Higgs boson turned out to be a massive particle from what I understand.  It is also supposed to be a field through which everything moves.  So, there must be a lot of them, I reason.  So, could this be the missing mass of the universe?  Maybe there is some obvious reason that it is not, but I have not heard the idea mentioned and it seems obvious to me."
Published 12/09/14
This is the Third episode of "Question Barn" send your questions to [email protected] This one has Mike Zemcov
Published 11/17/14
This is the Second episode of "Question Barn" send your questions to [email protected] This one has Ken Clark.  
Published 11/14/14
This is the First episode of "Question Barn" send your questions to [email protected] This one has Jocelyn Read on it.
Published 11/12/14
Mr. Noah Zimmerman joins us to talk about nuclear magnetic resonance. you know MRIs? "Magnetic resonance Imaging" is what it stands for, "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging" is what it actually stands for. Essentially, magnets are used to make the nuclei in your atoms stand up and dance.    Our experts are the Mighty Dr. Fiona Burnell, and the Mighty Dr. Abby Shockley.  THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!    
Published 10/22/14
Galaxies are cool. some are eliplical (blobby) some are swirly. there's a reason why. Our guest today is Katrina Griffiths from the verity podcast. and my experts are Sean Moran and Laura Hainline (they're married. that's why they keep interrupting each other. it's kinda sweet, i think)   wooo! 50 episodes!
Published 09/01/14
Christopher Reynaga is an awesome author, and he has written the best story ever which is called  “I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee” . look it up, a link to a podcast reading of the story will be on teh website.   Anyway, I wanted to talk to him so I told him that I'd explain many worlds Quantum mechanics to him. well, that and copenhagen interpretation, why not. So this week's episode is where the math side of physics meets the philosophy side of physics! Experts are Ken Clark and...
Published 08/01/14
Some famous singing clowns once sang a song about magnets. The world looks down on a singing clown's ignorance, but how many of us can actually explain how magnets work?  the question is rhetorical, though, because the answer is obviously "yes I can do it because i am a physicist and i have clever physicist friends who also know a lot about it." i recruited my old pals Brian Sullivan and Fiona Burnell!  Our guests today are Matt Sheehy from the band 'Lost Lander' and Brent Knopf from the...
Published 07/01/14
Long story short: there's no such thing as a stable orbit... any two objects in orbit will emit gravitational waves.. and slowly get closer and closer together. If the two objects in question are neutron stars, we can even detect the gravitational waves! We hope to "hear" them soon with the LIGO gravitational Wave Observatory!   Today's guest it Robot Hugs, the author of the Robot Hugs comic. The Physicists are Jocelyn Read and David Tsang! WHAT FUN!
Published 06/18/14